Diamondbacks' Robbie Ray walks three in Cactus League debut

Diamondbacks' Robbie Ray walks three in Cactus League debut

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Diamondbacks' Robbie Ray walks three in Cactus League debut

White Sox 3, Diamondbacks 2

At Camelback Ranch

On the mound: LHP Robbie Ray’s spring debut went just one batter into the second inning, but Ray came away saying he was pleased with how things went. “I felt good,” he said. “Maybe it was just the first time back out on the mound was a little jittery, but felt good, felt like the ball was coming out pretty good and threw some good offspeed.” Ray, who threw 35 pitches, walked three of the first four batters he faced, forcing his pitch count up, not exactly a good omen for a pitcher who has been trying to become more efficient. “I’m not worried at all,” he said. “First time out in spring training. I’m not really concerned about it.” He said he’ll begin to worry about results the deeper he gets into the Cactus League. RHP Tyler Jones struck out the side in a perfect fifth inning. LHP Yuhei Nakaushiro struggled with his control, allowing a run on a hit and two walks in the sixth.

At the plate: It was a fairly quiet day for the Diamondbacks offensively. 3B Jake Lamb doubled to lead off the second in his first game back after missing time with a stomach illness. Two batters later, he scored on SS Chris Owings’ single to center. Lamb struck out in the fourth and singled in the sixth, making him 4 for 5 in spring training.

COMPLETE CACTUS LEAGUE COVERAGE

Extra bases: The Diamondbacks cut down two White Sox runners trying to take extra bases. In the first, C Oscar Hernandez threw out CF Adam Engel trying to steal second. Then in the sixth, PR Jason Bourgeois was gunned down trying to score from second on a single to center, with 1B Chris Herrmann serving as the relay man for CF Kris Negron. The White Sox also made an out on the bases to end the fourth when CF A.J. Pollock made a running catch on a 2B Yolmer Sanchez ball then threw to second to double off DH Omar Narvaez, who had wandered too far toward third.

Thursday’s games: Diamondbacks (ss) RHP Archie Bradley vs. Padres LHP Christian Friedrich, 1:10 p.m., Salt River Fields; Diamondbacks (ss) RHP Shelby Miller vs. Cubs (ss) RHP Jake Buchanan, 7:10 p.m., Salt River Fields.

–Nick Piecoro

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